The ICC-IMB received 107 piracy incident reports in the first 6 months of 2018, notably up from the 43 incidents in the same period last year.
When the figures from the first half of 2018 are broken down there were, 69 vessels boarded, 23 attempted boardings, 11 vessels fired upon, 4 hijacked vessels, 102 seafarers held hostage, and 25 crew members kidnapped.
Piracy at its most basic level, is a crime committed out of necessity and opportunity. As such, it can be curtailed at sea but never solved.
The underlying issues that promote men and children to act in such a daring and dangerous manner must be solved ashore, and if they’re not then piracy will remain.
In 2015 Yemen erupted in civil war … this conflict had driven many into poverty with little choice but to feed their family through activities such as piracy.
There is now an understanding that piracy is a threat in any waterways where there is instability… piracy will never be defeated in its entirety.
Prevention is always better than cure.
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